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How Invisalign can be used as an Alternative to Braces to Achieve a Beautiful Smile!

Invisalign Windham NHOrthodontics. Braces. Brackets. Wires. Metal.

When patients hear these words, they often cringe. While they may really want to achieve a smile that is better aligned and more attractive, they may not be excited about the opportunity of having traditional orthodontia placed over their teeth. Conventional braces bring to mind embarrassing names such as “metal mouth” or “brace face” which can bring about fears for even adults interested in enhancing their smiles. This is why the team at Kalil Dental Associates are excited to offer a solution known as Invisalign.

How Invisalign works

Many patients who hear about Invisalign are curious to know how the process works without the use of metal brackets and wires. Invisalign is a treatment that uses aligner therapy as an alternative to brackets and wires. Patients undergo a process of digital impressions which are then converted into a computer system and sent off to the Invisalign laboratory. A series of trays are made. Each tray is worn for two weeks before progressing to the next tray, and once patients have reached the end of their trays, they will have their perfectly aligned smile. Compliance is key to achieve the final results expected, and we encourage patients to wear their trays at least 20 hours a day to see these changes.

Why is Invisalign popular?

Many patients choose Invisalign because it allows them to achieve a more attractive appearance without having to undergo treatments that cover the smile for sometimes years in order to do so. Invisalign is clear and discreet, often unnoticed when patients are wearing their trays. It is also comparable in cost to traditional braces and allows patients the chance to brush and floss their teeth as they normally would, improving overall oral health and wellness at the same time.

Ready to discuss Invisalign with a professional provider?

Contact Drs. Donna Kalil, Kenneth Kalil, and Jordan Thomas today to book a consultation visit with our staff and determine if you are a candidate for this revolutionary treatment for enhancing the alignment and overall appearance of the smile. Call the Methuen office at (978) 688-1895 for an appointment, or the Windham location at (603) 434-0090. Both locations are accepting new patients and families for comprehensive dentistry.

Options available to patients for the replacement of missing teeth

Restorative Dentistry Methuen MADrs. Donna Kalil, Kenneth Kalil, and Jordan Thomas of Kalil Dental Associates welcome patients in the area of the Methuen, MA and Windham, NH to ask about solutions when they are faced with missing teeth. The replacement of teeth that have been lost or extracted is incredibly important to restore function and appearance of the smile. There are several ways for patients to achieve a restored smile, including dentures, dental bridges, and dental implants.

Dentures

Dentures come in two varieties, including full and partial. Full dentures replace the entire arch of teeth, while partials are more for one or more teeth within the arch that need to be replaced. These restorations are easily removable for cleaning and care, and are one of the most economical solutions for most patients.

Dental bridges

Porcelain restorations are incredibly natural-looking, and this material is used in achieving tooth repair with dental bridges. Dnetal bridges are false teeth fused to dental crowns that use the adjacent teeth to support them. This is a more permanent restoration than more traditional methods of replacement such as dentures, but are not as long-lasting as alternatives such as dental implants.

Dental implants

One of the most popular options of tooth replacement available to patients in the area of Methuen, MA is that of dental implants. These stand-alone restorations are a wonderful solution because they can last a lifetime and don’t require any special care or attention. Additionally, they help in maintaining bone structure which can become lost with other solutions such as bridges and dentures. Patients with sufficient bone structure can enjoy these restorations and restore the functionality and appearance of their smile with a simple oral surgery procedure for placement.

Book an appointment today to learn about tooth replacement solutions?

The team at Kalil Dental Associates are available to help patients achieve a beautiful, fully-functioning smile that helps them look and feel their best. Call the Methuen, MA area office at (978) 688-1895 or book an appointment at the Windham, NH office at (603) 434-0090. Both practices are willing to accept new patients and families seeking general, cosmetic, and restorative dentistry solutions.

Dentist to address Chipped or Broken Teeth

Restorative Dentistry Methuen MAAn imperfect smile can have an impact on the overall appearance, while also affecting one’s self-esteem. When patients are struggling with conditions such as chipped or cracked teeth, they may be unsure as to the restorative options available to them. For teeth near the front of the mouth that are broken, restorative solutions such as composite bonding or porcelain veneers may be suggested by the team at Kalil Dental Associates.

What is composite bonding?

Also known as tooth-bonding, or composite resin, composite bonding can be used to restore the shape and appearance of a tooth. This clay-like material is applied onto the tooth and shaped into place before it is hardened with a specialized light. Once hard, the dentist is able to file it down and polishes it so it looks just like natural tooth enamel. This method of treatment can be done in just one day, and restorations will last approximately ten years with proper care. Patients must take great care in maintaining their smile with brushing and flossing, as composite bonding is susceptible to staining and discoloration over time.

What are porcelain veneers?

An alternative to composite bonding is that of porcelain veneers. Porcelain veneers are custom facings that are created to match the existing teeth. These facings are bonded right onto the front of the teeth to cover specific problem areas. They are used to address broken or chipped teeth, as well as teeth that are unusually shaped, permanently stained, or spaced apart. Porcelain veneers are longer lasting than composite bonding while being stain-resistant and strong.

Which one is right for me?

Many patients are candidates for composite bonding and porcelain veneers. Choosing the one right for you is best determined during a consultation appointment and initial evaluation with the team at Kalil Dental Associates.

Find out more about restoring chipped or broken teeth

Contact Drs. Donna Kalil, Kenneth Kalil, and Jordan Thomas today to schedule an appointment with our team in Methuen, MA to find out more about cosmetic bonding and porcelain veneers. Our practice is located at 91 Jackson Street and can be reached by calling (978) 688-1895, or patients can connect with our Windham office at (603) 434-0090, located at 25 Indian Road #1 in Windham, NH.

The benefits of take-home whitening kits from the dental office

Teeth Whitening Methuen MAHave you ever wandered down the oral health care aisle in your local drug store and been overwhelmed at the choices available for teeth whitening? Patients in the area of Methuen, MA who have considered over-the-counter teeth whitening solutions may be unsure as to where to start. Instead of using these subpar products, the team at Kalil Dental Associates encourages patients to think about the advantages of using professional-grade take-home whitening kits from our dental team.

What is a take-home whitening kit?

Instead of undergoing in-office power bleaching for same-day results, some patients prefer to have more control over the whitening process and are seeking more gradual improvements. This is where our take-home whitening kits come into play. Patients can visit the office and consult with our dentists to determine if they are an appropriate candidate for professional teeth whitening. Once they have made the decision to move forward with this treatment, they go through a series of impressions to create their custom whitening trays. Each tray is made to fit precisely over the dental arch to ensure seamless application of the bleaching gels. The trays are worn over the dental arch along with the supplied whitening gel for a specific period of time each day to ensure proper coverage. Over time, the teeth are more brilliant than ever! Patients can use these trays regularly to maintain their results or whiten as needed. In addition, some patients who are serious about achieving a whiter smile may combine the in-office power bleaching with the take-home whitening system for optimum results!

Take charge of your smile today!

Drs. Donna Kalil, Kenneth Kalil, and Jordan Thomas encourage patients to contact their office in Methuen, MA to learn about the advantages of take-home whitening kits when compared to power bleaching services performed in the office. At Kalil Dental Associates, patients have a choice as to how they want to enhance their appearance. Call the office at (978) 388-1895 and visit the practice for an appointment at 91 Jackson Street. We welcome new and existing patients into the community for quality, comprehensive dental care solutions. We also offer a practice location in the area of Windham, New Hampshire at 25 Indian Road.

Same-day Power Bleaching for Whiter Teeth

Teeth Whitening Methuen MA A discolored smile can be an embarrassing smile, and no one understands this more than the team at Kalil Dental Associates. It is not uncommon for our practice to take note of patients coming into the offices in Methuen, MA and Windham, NH asking about teeth whitening procedures. Our practice offers a variety of methods for teeth whitening, though many patients are excited to learn about our same-day whitening with in-office power bleaching.

How does same-day whitening work?

Drs. Donna Kalil, Kenneth Kalil, and Jordan Thomas of Kalil Dental Associates describe same-day whitening as a method of “power bleaching” that offers fast and effective results. This particular method of whitening is done by our staff of professionals right in our office and is monitored and administered by our team. It starts with a cleaning of the teeth and gums to remove any plaque or tartar that may inhibit the whitening product from working its best. Then, a barrier gel is placed on the gum tissue to protect it from the bleaching creams. The bleaching product is applied and the active ingredients are brought to life with a specialized light that is shined into the mouth. While patients rest in the treatment chair, the bleaching gel works its magic by lifting deep stains from within the enamel. Within an hour, the treatment is complete and the gels are cleaned from the teeth again. Most patients will notice a whitening of approximately 8 shades in just one power bleaching appointment.

Schedule an appointment with the team of Kalil Dental Associates today!

If you want to brighten your smile and are ready to work with the professionals in your community, we welcome you to book a visit with Drs. Donna Kalil, Kenneth Kalil, and Jordan Thomas. Our team of professionals are here to assist with whitening solutions that are best for your specific needs. We have two convenient locations including our Methuen, MA office at 91 Jackson Street that can be reached at (978) 688-1895 and our Windham, NH office at 25 Indian Road #1 that can be reached at (603) 434-0090.

Are Your Teeth Giving You Clues to Excessive Wear?

Dental Services Windham NH The outer layer of our teeth is solid enamel. This substance is ultra-durable, and it is ridged to enable us to break apart food efficiently. Over time, the ridges on enamel naturally decrease. The key term here is “over time.” What we are seeing more often in recent years is a rapid decline in the solidity of people’s enamel. This may be referred to as erosion or excessive wear. Here, we want to discuss the clues that your enamel may need some TLC from your dentist.

Your Teeth are Changing

One of the valuable aspects of routine dental care is that it enables us to monitor the overall health and structure of your teeth and gums. From one visit to the next, and even from one year to the next, we shouldn’t see noticeable changes to the condition of enamel. If the ridges in enamel flatten out noticeably in a short period of time, we want to explore if this is due to a highly acidic diet or bruxism (clenching and grinding teeth) or resultant from a bad bite.

One of Your Teeth has Chipped or Cracked

Biting down on an olive pit or kernel of popcorn can be damaging, no doubt. Cracks and chips are primarily related to worn enamel. If chips and cracks occur, we want to look closely at the general condition of enamel to ensure that your teeth are not wearing down faster than they should naturally.

Your Teeth Don’t Look Like Your Friends’ Teeth

One of the interesting details learned through research is that individuals in every age group can be expected to have similar dental health. For example, the younger generation is not expected to have a very high instance of tooth loss, whereas the senior population is. Barring the presence of cosmetic dental work, your teeth should look much like your friends’ teeth. If you are struggling with issues like chips and cracks, sensitivity, or dramatic discoloration not related to smoking, it could be because your enamel is wearing down more quickly than it should.

There are several ways to address excessive tooth wear. Discover what will help you sustain your best smile by scheduling a visit to our Methuen or Windham office.

A Closer Look at Dental Implants Cost

Dental Implants Methuen MADental care is always an investment. It’s not one that sits in your driveway to be admired by the neighbors, but it is an investment in your long-term health and wellness. Sometimes, the dental care that is needed goes beyond the exams and cleanings that keep your smile shining. Sometimes, it is necessary to replace a tooth that has failed or been irreparably damaged. When faced with the prospect of tooth replacement, cost is often the first thing that patients look at. Because we realize this, we want to focus on the cost of dental implants and what you get from this treatment.

A Lifetime of Use and Beauty

Tooth replacement isn’t about putting structure back where it has been lost. In the big picture, the purpose of replacing missing teeth is to restore normal function and appearance for as long as possible. Dental implants are small posts made of surgical-grade titanium that can sit firmly in the jawbone for decades. Most of the restorations that are used in dentistry don’t last beyond 15 years. Looking at the up-front cost of dental implants, then, appears much more affordable when viewed through the lens of longevity.

Comparing the Alternatives

The alternatives to dental implants are a dental bridge or full denture. Both of these options appear to be more affordable than dental implants because they cost less when installed. However, neither comes close to the 50-year lifespan that a dental implant can offer. One study concluded that a patient would pay 10% more over his lifetime to maintain a dental bridge than it would cost to install dental implants.

It’s All About Quality of Life, Anyway

As we mentioned, the big picture in tooth replacement is getting back the appearance and functionality that you once had. A denture that rubs against your gums and slides around in your mouth while you eat and speak doesn’t meet your need for functionality. The bone loss that naturally occurs beneath dentures doesn’t support long-term appearance. Dental implants do both because they are secured in the jawbone just like natural teeth would be.

Talk with your dentist about dental implants and what they can do for you. Call our Methuen or Windham office for your appointment.

Protect Your Bright Smile with These Tips

Restorative Dentistry Methuen MAMost people recognize the value of a healthy smile. When our teeth and gums are healthy, we get to enjoy fresher breath and infrequent pain, if any at all. In addition to keeping the smile healthy, a large number of adults are also interested in maintaining natural beauty. As you may know, this takes work. Just like we need to care for our skin to postpone the signs of aging, we’ve got to give our teeth regular attention to avoid frustrations like discoloration. Here, we suggest a few ways to preserve the radiance of your smile.

  • Eat with care. You may be acutely aware that your morning cup of java is depositing particles on your teeth that will eventually dull your smile. Does that mean you should end your love-affair with coffee? We wouldn’t dream of suggesting that. The fact is discoloration occurs as a result of many foods and beverages. The trick is to mitigate their effects. The way to do it? Rinse! After consuming a food or drink, swish some water through your mouth. Brushing too soon can do more harm than good because enamel is softer after a meal.
  • Practice mindfulness. Mindfulness is not a trend; it is a way of life that can improve every aspect of living, even your oral health. You know you should brush and floss every day. Are you paying attention when you perform this task? Are you staying with it for two minutes? Are there days you forget to give your teeth some love? Mindfulness is what you need. In addition to brushing and flossing, mindful oral care can include occasional home whitening to keep your baseline intact.
  • Create that baseline. By the time discoloration is noticed, it usually needs professional help. Kalil Dental Associates is happy to help you create the baseline of radiance you want for your smile. We offer in-office treatment, home whitening, and a combination of the two. Professional teeth whitening is beneficial because it is safe and fully customizable to your personal preferences.

Get the radiant smile you deserve. Contact us in Windham or Methuen for professional teeth whitening that is tailored to your needs.

Dental Sealants Protect Precious Smiles

General Dentistry Windham NHMany children imagine what it would be like to have a Superpower. In fact, all children have a sort of superpower than adults have forgotten: their smile. According to statistics, children smile ten times more than adults; about 400 times a day. That’s a pretty fantastic fete! Because we want to support children in their magical ability to smile at just about anything or for any reason, we encourage parents to consider the value of dental sealants.

What are Dental Sealants?

Dental sealant treatment is a preventive measure against tooth decay. This painless process places a barrier between natural enamel and the debris and bacteria that could break it down. A child’s back teeth have deep grooves that help break food down into tiny pieces. Actually, adults also have these deep grooves in molars. Though necessary, these pits can also hold tiny particles of food. Ultimately, trapped food results in decay and the need for a dental filling or more substantial restoration.

Placing dental sealants into the deep grooves and fissures of premolars and molars creates a layer of protection. The liquid sealant seeps into grooves so debris cannot get trapped. According to studies, a child who receives dental sealants is 80 percent less likely to develop cavities on these chewing surfaces than an untreated patient.

Treatment is Quick and Simple

We understand that it can be unsettling to hand your child off to a dentist for any treatment. Children and their parents understandably want to avoid painful situations. Dental sealants can facilitate this desire. There is no discomfort in getting dental sealants. The process involves simple steps:

  • Teeth are cleaned and polished during a routine visit.
  • Teeth that will be sealed are dried and isolated so liquid sealant does not go where it doesn’t belong.
  • Enamel is slightly etched, or roughed, to promote a strong bond with liquid sealant.
  • The liquid is painted on each tooth individually, layering as necessary to protect deep pits.
  • Light is used to transform the liquid into a solid that adheres to the tooth for up to 5 years.
  • Teeth are evaluated to ensure adequate coverage.

Dental sealants are appropriate for most children who have begun to develop permanent teeth, which usually occurs around age 6 or 7. Teeth may be retreated every few years as needed to maintain the barrier against decay.

Our Methuen and Windham offices provide friendly, professional care with a smile. Contact an office near you to schedule your visit.

Wisdom Teeth: Not Something Your Child Should Pack for College

Family Dentistry Methuen MAThis time of year is exciting for many reasons. We’re on the cusp of summer vacation, which in itself is something to cheer about. This is also a massive time of change for many families. Teens that are graduating from high school have some big adventures ahead whether they are moving far from home to attend college or they are planning to begin their college-years close to home. In either situation, one of the primary matters on parents’ minds is how to help their child succeed. We have a suggestion that may come as a surprise: schedule wisdom teeth removal.

Sooner is Better than Later

The end of high-school can seem to be on your doorstep not long after those first weeks of 9th grade. These years of a teen’s life can go by in such a flash that there is hardly time to keep up with daily activities and tests and performances and friends, let alone to think about something as trivial as wisdom teeth! If you’ve found your teen’s high school years a blur, don’t worry, you still have time to set them up for their best college experience by handling the oral health matters that may otherwise sideline them temporarily.

Wisdom teeth are those third molars that don’t always grow in the way we’d expect teeth to. It is recommended that young adults have their wisdom teeth removed by age 25, if not long before then. We begin to monitor the growth of wisdom teeth in early adolescence so we can intervene as soon as necessary to prevent complications that could cause symptoms such as:

  • Tooth and jaw pain
  • Damage to surrounding teeth
  • Shifts in tooth alignment
  • Headaches
  • Earaches
  • Sinus pain

Wisdom teeth can become symptomatic when they become trapped beneath the gums. They can also cause uncomfortable symptoms if they only partially grow in. Partially erupted wisdom teeth are also a haven for food particles and bacteria that cause gum irritation and cavities.

The issues that originate with wisdom teeth are not something that a new college student needs on their plate. We can help your child avoid the unnecessary stress of dental pain by providing professional care now. Call our Methuen or Windham office for friendly care from our experienced team.